New Kid: An interview with Jerry Craft

Today, author and illustrator Jerry Craft joins us in The Reading Realm to talk to Richard Ruddick about his new middle grade graphic novel called New Kid… Without giving too much away, can you describe your new graphic novel New Kid to our readers? Sure, New Kid is loosely based on my life, as well…

I Am A Jigsaw: An interview with Roger Stevens

Today, author, poet and musician Roger Stevens joins Ian Eagleton in The Reading Realm to talk about a new anthology of riddles and puzzle poems called I am a Jigsaw and his award-winning website called The Poetry Zone… Without giving too much away can you tell us a bit about your new anthology of poems,…

A Pocketful of Stars: An interview with Aisha Bushby

Today, Aisha Bushby joins Dean Boddington in #TheRealm to talk about her moving, magical debut A Pocketful of Stars… Safiya asks Elle; “Would you rather a chocolate flavoured poo or a poo flavoured chocolate?” Come on then, which would you choose and why? It would have to be poo-flavoured chocolate because I can’t fathom the…

#ReadThenRecycle: An interview with Tom Brassingtom

In 2020, teacher Tom Brassington has decided to create his own #ReadThenRecycle challenge. Find out more from Tom here! Tom says: “I’m a hoarder of books but have found my joy in many of them. Rather than hold onto them I felt it was better to give them to others. I always believe a book…

My Library Marathon: An interview with Joseph Coelho

We are THRILLED to start the year with an interview with Joseph Coelho, one of our favourite poets, writers and performers! Here, Joseph talks to Ian Eagleton about his Library Marathon, reading for pleasure, his work with CLPE and his recommendations for primary school ‘must-have’ poetry anthologies… Could you tell us a bit about your…

The Golden Butterfly: An interview with Sharon Gosling

Today, we’re thrilled to have author Sharon Gosling voyage into #TheRealm to talk to Stephanie Elliot about her new magical, thrilling book The Golden Butterfly… The setting for The Golden Butterfly is so brilliantly vivid! As it’s set in historic London, did you have to do a lot of research?  I always do quite a…

This Rock That Rock: An interview with Dom Conlon

We’re thrilled to have a friend of The Reading Realm, children’s poet Dom Conlon, rocket and zoom into #TheRealm today to talk about his brand-new anthology of moon poems called This Rock That Rock, which is illustrated by Viviane Schwarz! Without giving too much away, I’ve heard that you have a new poetry anthology for…

Fierce Fragile Hearts: An interview with Sara Barnard

Sara Barnard, author of Goodbye Perfect and The Quiet Kind of Thunder joins Sarah Farrell to talk about her new book Fierce Fragile Hearts, which is a sequel to Beautiful Broken Things… In the book, Suze is continually drawn to Brighton, even realising at the end that it is where she is meant to be….

She Wolf: An interview with Dan Smith

Author Dan Smith joins Tom Brassington today in #TheRealm to talk about She-Wolf, a thrilling historical adventure full of Vikings, vengeance and wolves! Why did you choose to take the reader back in time so far in She Wolf? So many reasons, but mainly because I wanted to be cruel to my characters! I wanted…

Family Action and The Reading Realm

🏰🌟To help families who are experiencing poverty, disadvantage and social isolation across the country, I will be donating 10% of December sales from The Reading Realm iPad app to Family Action. Thank you all for your support this year!🌟🏰